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MDC Museum of Art + Design Presents FOREVERGLADES: Here Today, Hopeful for Tomorrow Panel during Art Basel

Foreverglades panel

Miami, November 20, 2012 -

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design will host unique, environmentally-focused panel discussions, FOREVERGLADES: Here Today, Hopeful for Tomorrow, on Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Freedom Tower. The panel discussions are presented in partnership with the MDC Earth Ethics Institute; National Parks Conservation Association; Everglades National Park; Biscayne National Park; Dry Tortugas National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve.


Stories Yet Untold: Cultural Resources and Why They Matter in our National Parks, from 10 – 11 a.m., will explore parks’ cultural resources and why they matter. The discussion will examine the significance of local cultural artifacts found in south Florida’s four national park sites, the state of these artifacts, and a vision for their future care, interpretation, and dissemination. Jacqueline Crucet of National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA); Melissa Memory, chief of Cultural Resources at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks; and Nancy Russell, curator at South Florida Collection Management Center of Everglades National Park, will examine topics ranging from the Florida panther and Cuban rafter vessels to Nuclear Warheads and how these objects offer an insight into America’s shared cultural heritage. 


At 11 a.m., Miami artist and activist Xavier Cortada will present Endangered World, featuring his global installations beginning with South Pole (2007) to Biscayne National Park (2010). He will also present a hard-hitting look at threatened and endangered species that call Biscayne National Park home (Endangered World 80.15W) during a lively discussion with Colleen Ahern-Hettich, director of Earth Ethics Institute at MDC.


In addition, works from artists inspired by the South Florida National Parks will be presented in an exhibition entitled Forever is Composed of Nows, which is on view in the President’s Gallery located in the ballroom of the Freedom Tower. Forever is Composed of Nows is juried by Kim Yantis, exhibit specialist of the Deering Estate at Cutler and will run through Dec. 14.


The panel is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s upcoming exhibition during Art Basel, FOREVERGLADES, which opens Nov. 30. The exhibition features large-scale works by European-based William Sweetlove and Cracking Art Group. FOREVERGLADES is presented in collaboration with Galleria Ca d 'Oro and generously underwritten by famed Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux.


FOREVERGLADES runs through Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Both the panels and exhibition are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.

MDC Museum of Art + Design Presents FOREVERGLADES: Here Today, Hopeful for Tomorrow

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30, 10:00 AM - Saturday, Jan. 26, 12:00 PM
  • WHERE: Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

For more information about the panel, please contact Loren Santiesteban at 305-237-7725 or .

For more information about the exhibition, please call 305-237-7700, or visit

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